Employment Opportunity

Criminalist II

Alameda County Sheriff's Office, Oakland, California

Salary: $81,993.60 - $98,425.60 per year

Final Filing Date: April 10, 2017

The eligible list resulting from this examination will cancel any existing list and may last approximately one year, but can be extended.

The Alameda County Sheriff's Office Crime Laboratory is a full-service crime lab housed in a new, state-of-the-art facility nestled at the base of the Oakland hills. The Sheriff's Office Crime Laboratory is nationally accredited by the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors/Laboratory Accreditation Board – International (ASCLD/LAB-International).

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Criminalists investigate and identify materials used as evidence by performing chemical, physical and microscopic analyses in the criminalistics laboratory and in the field. They interpret the results of findings to law enforcement officers, prepare materials for presentation in court, may appear in court as expert witnesses and perform related work as required. All positions are located in the Sheriff's Office.

Criminalist II is the journey-level classification working under direction. Incumbents work with a great degree of independence, and their work is usually checked only by review of written reports. They assist in training new personnel in lower classifications. After gaining further experience and expanded expertise in the more difficult and complex analyses, they are expected to qualify for Criminalist III


  • Either I
    • The equivalent of two years of full-time experience in the class of Criminalist I in the Alameda County classified service. (Non-classified includes District Attorney’s Office, Hospital Authority, and the Consolidated Courts.)
  • Or II
    • Education: Possession of a bachelor's degree in criminalistics from an accredited college or university or a bachelor's degree in an appropriate and relevant science such as chemistry, physics, or biochemistry from an accredited college or university, and
    • Experience: The equivalent of three years of recent, full-time, experience as a criminalist or forensic chemist performing laboratory work equivalent to that of a general criminalistics laboratory.
  • License: Candidates must possess a valid California Motor Vehicle Operator's License.
  • Special Requirements: Candidates must be found to be free of uncorrected colorblindness at the time of the County pre-employment physical examination.
KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS - NOTE: The level and scope of the following knowledge and abilities are related to duties listed under the “Examples of Duties” section of this specification.
  • Knowledge of:
    • The principles of forensic science, chemistry, physics, biochemistry, photography and natural sciences as related to criminalistics.
    • Modern criminal investigation and identification techniques and procedures.
    • Recent developments, current literature and sources of information in the field of criminalistics.
    • Basic laboratory safety procedures.
  • Ability to:
    • Conduct chemical, physical and microscopic examination as required.
    • Conduct on-the-scene investigations of crime.
    • Relate pieces of evidence to each other and draw logical conclusions.
    • Present evidence clearly and accurately in court when called on as an expert witness.
    • Prepare clear and concise reports of findings.
    • Operate advanced laboratory instrumentation, such as spectrophotometers, gas chromatographs, scanning electron microscope, energy dispersive X-Ray, GC-MS, laboratory information systems.
    • Provide training and assist in evaluating work of others.
  • In addition to meeting the minimum qualifications, the ideal candidate will meet FBI QAS requirements for DNA Analyst, and possess the following critical attributes:
  • Maintaining effectiveness when experiencing major changes in work responsibilities or environment; adjusting effectively to work within new work structures, processes, requirements, or cultures
  • Assimilating and applying new job-related information in a timely manner
    • Maintaining relationships among departments, the public and community organizations
    • Interacting with others in a way that gives them confidence in one’s intentions and those of the organization
    • Planning, Organizing, and Establishing courses of action for self and others to ensure that work is completed efficiently
    • Demonstrating a willingness to commit to one’s work and to invest one’s time, talent, and best efforts in accomplishing organizational goals
    • Maintaining stable performance under pressure or opposition (such as time pressure or job ambiguity)
    • Accomplishing tasks by considering all areas involved, no matter how small; showing concern for all aspects of the job; accurately checking processes and tasks; being watchful over a period of time
    • Setting up ongoing procedures to collect and review information needed to manage activities

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Posted: March 16, 2017

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